Landing at Dulles International airport from Valletta, Malta, host of the nationally syndicated travel and lifestyle talk show The Jet Set, Bobby Laurie, says he “felt safer than at home” following 11-days on a Viking Cruises ship.
Laurie set sail on the Viking Venus on August 23 for an 11-day “Welcome Back” journey through the Adriatic Sea with Viking Cruises. While on-board he posted his first-hand account of the health and safety protocols in place to keep passengers safe on The Jet Set’s website, thejetset.com.
“With all of the testing in place, questions to be answered, tracking to be done, masks worn and distances kept, Viking has done more than any cruise line I’ve seen to ensure the safety of the guests and crew and create peace of mind while on vacation,” he said.
In the episode of The Jet Set airing nationwide last weekend, Laurie can be seen aboard the ship talking to co-host Nikki Noya, in-studio in Washington D.C., explaining that passengers who book on a Viking sailing are COVID PCR tested daily, have their temperatures taken at least once a day, answer daily health questions about their current conditions and wear GPS tracking devices to easily understand whom a positive case may have come in contact with. “You’re safer here than at home or at a grocery store,” Laurie added.
While sailing Laurie had the chance to speak with Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen for an upcoming episode of the show airing mid-September, during the interview, Hagen said “we spend the same amount of money on testing each day as we do on fuel,” referencing the daily PCR test each passenger and crewmember must undergo. Laurie says this is a testament to Viking’s commitment to returning to the rivers and oceans as safely as possible for all aboard their ships. He also stated that many of the passengers on his sailing commented that they, too, felt safe and didn’t believe the additional measures intruded on their vacation.
For more information on Laurie’s first-hand account onboard Viking Cruises please visit TheJetSet.com/covidcruising